Green Bullet (9th Anniversary) | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by HopHead84 on 11-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
152
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
13.78%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of briiguy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Hopmarc
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of sailorastro
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jczn
4.9/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler from Hop City, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours crystal clear with white head. Beautiful golden light color -- looks like cider. (5.0)

S: Delicate, floral aroma. Some sweetness, but not a malty sweetness. (5.0)

T: The hops hit you first, as you would expect at 100+ IBU. They're in-your face, but not overwhelming. After the first impression of hops, you quickly note the alcoholic warmth and the hint a fruit. It's rich, and while on the sweet side, balances well with the bitterness and heat. (5.0)

M: Thick and sweet. (4.0)

D: The most amazing thing about this beer is how drinkable it is at 10% and 100+ IBU. The Dogfish 120 min is a beer that you should try once, but I probably wouldn't buy again. Green Bullet on the other hand I could drink all night (actually I couldn't but I wish I could), and I will be buying it again. Highly recommended, I hope that this becomes a regular release. (5.0)

Edit: After reading some of the other reviews, if you're expecting an IPA, or even a DIPA, you'll be disappointed. This is a different beer altogether, and there's not much to compare it to. As I said above, the DFH 120 is a valid comparison, beyond that, this is closer to a lighter, hoppy barleywine than to an IPA.

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Photo of Pecan
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bonSreeB
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of beerman999999
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bad Apple, 12 oz. served in a fluted tulip glass.

Bright yellow orange, high clarity with a little bit of visible carbonation. A fingers width of foam, leaving behind random arcs of thin lace in the glass.

Pleasant hoppy aroma, some citrus and tropical notes, somewhat soft and not super pungent.

Flavor is moderately bitter with some citrus peel and grapefruit notes, some earthy green herbals also. Body has a pretty light feel for being 10%, and was pretty drinkable though not especially memorable.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of sd123
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ggodzik
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of rand
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Small Bar, poured into short goblet

A: Orange-amber in color, clear...little head or lacing.

S: Huge scents if citrus and ripened tropical fruit, primarily guava. Big guava. Sugary malts back things up, propelled by ample alcohol volatiles. Big nose all around.

T: The tropical/citrus notes hit right away, but the hops are way more bitter than the nose would lead you to think. Astringent...bitingly bitter. The malt-backbone is huge, and very sugary, but doesn't seem to mesh with the hop profile. Resin-y and vinous and rough around the edges.

M: Oily and viscous. Could use a bit more carbonation to wash down the oily residue.

At the front of the first sip I thought this was going to be a delicious brew, but as I parsed the huge flavors I liked it less and less. Aspects of the beer are tasty, but the overall profile is disjointed.

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Photo of hpthebull
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of baybassboy
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of sholland119
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Yard House, San Diego, 11/5/11.

A-Pours a clear, pale golden honey. The thin white head leaves thick sheets of lacing.

S-Sweet and citrusy in about equal measure.

T-Sweet malt, sweet and bitter hops with a hint of booziness. A bit lacking in depth of flavor for the ABV.

M-Medium bodied, bitterness lingers.

O-A nice brew. A bit short on flavor and quite high in alcohol.

HV

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Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of nanobrew
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of notchucknorris
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Churchill's

A: Golden color with a thin cream colored head.

S: A pretty good amount of citrus hops, but a huge amount of cantaloupe and melon overwhelms it.

T: I really do like Green Flash, but this just wasn't good. Lots of cantaloupe and sweet malt flavors run crazy without anywhere near the hop flavor this beer needs to be balanced.

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Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very strange roasted fruit flavor pervades this. Really nutty but not in such a nice way. One someone said it tastes "fishy" I could not get that out of my head. Are they using seaweed now? Or is it Vegemite? Rich but very sharp, bordering on harsh. Dark tinged amber in the tulip glass at Regal Beagle in San Diego.

Out of such a wealth of DIPAs this one is not on the mark. Reminds me of New Belgium's Two Below for that odd nuttiness but this is just too weird.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Brew

11-05-11 – Bitter Saturday
*10oz tulip

A: Pours a clear and lighter copper color with some foamy white stuff adorned on top. Clingy lace.

S: Aromas are a bit muted here and hard to pull out. From what I can smell is catty with hops. Sort of musky and sweet. Some fruity tart yeast comes through as well.

T: Taste is a direct assault of hops at first. Sticky florals and some hempy herbs. Resinous but gives way to a decent amount of caramel malt backing here. Slight sweetness. ABV’s masked very well at 10.1%. Tasty and kind of reminds me of the Imperial only on malt roids.

M: Medium body to almost lighter feel for a big ol DIPA. Creamy with a sticky resinous hop mouthcoat and a bit of dryness comes out in the finish.

D: This is almost what the Imperial IPA should have been. A bit more chewy caramel body on it with that same intense hoppiness. Lowers the drinkability factor for me somewhat . All in all practices some decent balance at such big numbers.

This is their 9th Anniversary IPA? I guess they are calling it a Triple. Well glad to see Green Flash getting back to their hoppy roots. Not their best showing but a decent DIPA.

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Green Bullet (9th Anniversary) from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.7 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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